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Pakistan mulberries are aggregate fruits composed of tiny individual drupes clustered around a central stem. They have a deep purple colored skin, but are less prone to staining than other black varieties. The Pakistan mulberry has a firm yet juicy texture and is larger than most, reaching up to 9 centimeters long. They have a super sweet, somewhat exotic flavor with notes of raspberry, blackberry, fig jam, cassis and vanilla bean.
The Pakistan mulberry is available spring through mid-summer.
The Pakistan mulberry is a black variety that is also commonly referred to as the Himalayan mulberry. It is a member of the Moraceae family and botanically classified as Morus macroura. Pakistan mulberry trees are known to be very long lived and can bear fruit for several hundred years. The extra-long berries are prized for their generous size and lower than average acidity level.
Pakistan mulberries are a rich supply of antioxidants and the phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals, resveratrol and anthocyanin. They supply vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex group, beta-carotene, lutein, iron, potassium, manganese, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid.
Pakistan mulberries are a versatile variety appropriate for both sweet and savory applications. Though delicate and deeply pigmented, they are less prone to stain the skin when compared to other black varieties. Their exotic sweet flavor and minimal acidity is optimal for ice cream, sorbet, jams, jellies, beverages, and especially pies. Reduce their juice for gastriques or vinaigrettes to compliment meats or dress a salad. Complimentary pairings include other bramble berries, stone fruit, young cheeses such as burrata and chevre, pork, duck, wild game, basil, mint, baking spices, and arugula, cream, mascarpone and citrus.
Mulberries became naturalized in Europe centuries ago and today mulberries still grow in China as well as throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Northern Africa and within limited regions of the United States.
The Pakistan Mulberry was developed in Islamabad, Pakistan and is also considered native to China and regions of the Himalayan mountains. It was introduced to America in 1986 by USDA Plant Introduction Officer, George A. White. It is a hardy, disease-resistant tree that is tolerant of heat, humidity, sun, droughts and poor soil.
Recipes that include Pakistan Mulberries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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